Police are still investigating an incident that triggered panic near
Oxford Circus, one of the London’s busiest Tube stations,
British Transport Police believe the panic occurred after an
“altercation” between two people on the train platform,
HuffPost UK reported.
BTP noted that two men, ages 21 and 40, submitted to voluntary
interviews as authorities continue their probe.
We appealed for information following an incident at Oxford
Circus yesterday. Since the appeal two men, aged 21 and 40,
attended a police station voluntarily and were interviewed.
Thank you to everyone who helped to share the appeal. The
— BTP (@BTP)
November 25, 2017
Around 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday, armed police rushed to
respond to multiple reports of shots fired in the area.
Panicked commuters hurried out of the station and joined
pedestrians seeking shelter in nearby shops, where police
told them to stay put for safety.
Authorities were unable to find evidence of gunfire,
however, prompting questions over what had sparked the
There were no casualties.
The London Ambulance Service said it treated and released seven
patients at the scene for injuries they sustained while
trying to evacuate
the area. Eight additional people were taken to two hospitals
for treatment of minor injuries, and another patient was sent
to a trauma center for leg injuries.
Following the Oxford Circus incident earlier we treated
several patients who sustained injuries whilst leaving the
area and discharged 7 patients at the scene and took 9
patients to hospital. pic.twitter.com/Kyap01p4Gu
— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance)
November 24, 2017
An erroneous report
from The Daily Mail suggested a truck had hit pedestrians.
Meanwhile, anxious tweets from
singer Olly Murs ― who has nearly 8 million Twitter followers
and was in a nearby department store at the time ― also added
to the confusion.
After about 90 minutes, London’s Metropolitan Police
announced it was standing down the search, conducted alongside
London Mayor Sadiq Khan thanked authorities
for their “swift response.”
“It is extremely important that we all remain vigilant and
don’t panic,” he continued. “It is vital that we are not
complacent ― if in doubt it is always best to err on the side
of caution and call the police on 999.”
Videos of the panic began cropping up on social media
immediately on Friday.
“I was walking towards Oxford Street Station and Carnaby Street
was just completely empty and everyone was hiding in the
stores, no one knew what was going on,” one witness told HuffPost
UK on Friday.
She continued: “And then all of a sudden we just saw a flood of
people just running. So I quickly just ran into the closest
Pret and to begin with everyone was calm but we suddenly just
saw more people running down from Carnaby Street.”
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